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red helmerEnglish-Spanish construction language dictionary

Welcome to our “red helmet” English-Spanish construction dictionary. If you are seriously contemplating renovating your home in Spain you will need commitment, patience and ability to follow through the construction process.

Undertaking a project in a foreign language, with foreign bureaucrazy and regulations requires solid information and down-to-earth advice.

Here you will find a list of sources and terms that will help you understand the language and construction methods with some hints and tips for your adventure.

a

agreed sum – suma acordada

antique and demolition material shop – tienda de antigüedades y material de derribo

arbor – pergola

architect – arquitecto

artificial grass – cesped artificial

artisan – artesano

as built – Planos final de obra

b

balcony – balcón

balcony railing – barandilla

Bamboo mat – cañizo

Baseboard – rodapié

Bathroom – baño

Beam – viga

beam and slab floor (structural) – forjado

boiler – caldera

bonus – prima

brick – ladrillo

brick cornice – pico de gorrión

brick mason – muro de ladrillo

brick paving – pavimentado en ladrillo

build –  construir

building contractor –  constructor

built-in kitchen appliance – cocina de obra

c

cabling – cableado

cane matting – estera de cañizo

carpenter’s workshop – taller del carpintero

caulk to fill in the holes to keep water out – masilla

ceiling – techos

cellar – bodega

cement – cemento

cement mixer – hormigonera

cement pumps – bomba de cemento-estática

cement spread – vertido hormigon

ceramic tile – baldosa cerámica

chesnut wood – madera de castaño

chimney – tiro de la chimenea

concrete – hormigón

concrete supplier – proveedor de hormigón

consultant – consultor

cost overrun – sobrecosto

cost plus – contrato

country house – casa rural

courtyard – patio

d

deadline – plazo límite

debris – residuos de obra

demolish – demoler

dividing walls – paredes divisorias

door – puerta

downlight – Iluminacion descendente

drainage – drenaje

drawing – cross-sections – dibujo de sección

drawing – elevations – dibujo de alzado

e

electrician – electricista

electricity – electricidad

engineer – ingeniero

entrance door to a rustic building – portón

estimate, quotation – presupuesto

estimating – coste

expansive mortar for rock – mortero expansivo

exposed brick – ladrillo visto

exposed Stone – piedra vista

exposed wood beam  – vigas de madera vistas

f

farmhouse – cortijo

feature – característica

finishes – acabados

fireplace – chimenea

fixed percentage contract – contrato cerrado

flaking Paint – pintura desconchada

floor drain – sumidero

foundations – cimentacion

g

garden – jardín

generator – generador

ghiaia – grava

granite – granito

grounds – suelos

h

handmade vessel – macetero artesanal a mano

health and safety – seguridad y salud

heating – calefacción

i

infrastructure – infraestructura

insulated – aislado

insulation – aislamiento

internal window shutters used to block out light – postigos

iron – hierro

k

keeping to Budget – adjustarse al presupuesto

keeping to the Schedule – adjustarse a cronograma

kitchen – cocina

l

land map tax registry – catastro

land surveyor  – topógrafo

lemon tree – limonero

lime – cal

lime plaster – yeso a la cal

lump sum – contrato cantidad a tanto alzado

m/n

marble – marmol

masonry – albañilería

mattone refrattario – ladrillo refractario

measurement – Medidas

meeting deadlines – cumplimiento de plazos

mood board – panel de ideas

mortar – mortero

notary – notario

o/p

oak Wood – madera de roble

opening – hueco (ventana)

painter – pintor

Pathlighting – iluminacion de senderos

Paviment – pavimento

pergola’s pole – soportes verticales pergola

permit – permiso

permit board – cartel de obra

pipe – tubería

plan view – vista de planta

plaster – yeso

platten – pletina

plug socket – enchufe

plumber – fontanero

plumbing – fontanería

plywood – contrachapado de madera

point of connection – punto de conexión

power cable – cable eléctrico

preparation of the ground – preparación del terreno

primer on wood, metal before the main layer of Paint – imprimación

procedure for setting out – replanteo

profit – beneficio

project manager – director de proyectos

property line – limite de la propiedad

pylon – pilón

r

radiator – radiador

railing decoration – macolla

rain gutter – canal de agua

real estate agent – agente inmobiliario

reinforcement – Refuerzo

renovation – reforma

rent – alquilar

reservoir – alberca

rock – roca

roof – tejado

roof light, skylight – lucernario

roof tiles – tejas

s

salvage – recuperar

salvaged material Outlet – tienda de materiales de demoliciones y derribos

sand – arena

saving – ahorro

scaffolding – andamio

schedule – programa de obra

Scope – alcance del proyecto

Shower – ducha

Sink – lavabo

site manage –  jefe de obra

slab of concrete – losa de hormigón

small hotel located on a working farm – agroturismo

special foundations – cimentación especial

spiral staircase – escalera de caracol

stair – escalera

stair railing – pasamanos de escalera

Steel –  acero

Step – escalón

stone mason – muro de piedra

structural engineering – ingeniero de estructuras

styles – estilos

surveyor – aparejador

swimming pool – piscina

t

taking place outside, usually referring to dinning – al fresco

tap – grifo

terrace – terraza

tile (floor) – baldosa

tile (wall) – azulejo

to créate – crear

treatment – tratamientos

trowel – paleta

turnkey contract – contrato llave en mano

type of louvered shutter – persiana

u/v

underfloor heating – suelo radiante

unskilled labourers –  trabajadores cualificados

uplighting – Iluminacion ascendente

varnish – barniz

ventilated structural ground floor – forjado antihumedad

w

Wall –  muro

wall-washer –  bañador de pared

wardrobe – armario

water meter – contador de agua

welder – soldador

well – pozo

whitewashed walls – muros encalados

window frame – marco de ventana

windowpane – panel de cristal

wood flooring – pavimento en madera

wooden window – ventana de madera

work site, construction site – obra

wrought iron – hierro de forja

walkway – acera

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